Research finding summaries

Ideas and Family Ties: Understanding why English-Speaking Countries Responded So Differently to the Crisis of the 1930s

My explanation of the economic policy variation (convergence and divergence) across the five cases gives primacy to ruling parties’ ideational orientation and political strategies concerning three major groups of interest – business, labour, and agrarian. Where governments privileged businesses and accommodated agrarians to the exclusion of labour, the policy outcome was invariably conservative. In contrast, where governments arranged a rapprochement between agrarians, organized labour, and sections of business, policy innovation followed.

By |2022-01-20T17:24:13-05:00Jan 19, 2022|

Labor Power and Wages after Women’s Labor Market Incorporation in Argentina

In the past years, there has been a very much welcomed flourishing of Marxist Feminist analyses. In a recent article, we contribute to the ongoing discussion by elaborating on Marx’s concept of the value of labor power to conceptualize the massive incorporation of women into the labor market and its [...]

By |2022-01-12T11:14:17-05:00Jan 12, 2022|

A global platform left the country and local gig workers were left stranded

Gig platforms have tried hard to create the image of gig workers as side-hustlers, part-timers, or those who use the work as a hobby to make extra money and who are thus free to hop from one platform to another whenever they want. If gig workers are deemed to be so autonomous and independent, what happens to them when a global platform leaves?

By |2021-12-15T13:06:36-05:00Dec 15, 2021|

Opaque algorithms are creating an invisible cage for platform workers

I found a broader concern about the way platforms use algorithms to control participants. Platforms’ algorithms create an invisible cage for platform users, because workers have no way of reliably accessing how their data is being processed or used to control their success on the platform. As a result, the platform’s algorithm claims to “know” the workers better than they know themselves, yet in ways that are inaccessible to them.

By |2021-12-09T11:53:49-05:00Dec 9, 2021|

Can Digital Tools Be Used for Organizing?

Arizona’s strike leaders harnessed the digital powers of information and communication technologies to promote organizing, allowing the movement to reach beyond social media’s echo chambers. It was through digital tools that AEU promoted targeted in-person outreach and therefore built a more powerful walkout.

By |2021-12-01T10:28:11-05:00Dec 1, 2021|

Implications of the Triumph of Neoclassical Economics in China

At the beginning of economic restructuring in China in 1978, Marxist theory organized virtually all economic discussion in China.  However, by 2010, neoclassical economics and related schools of thought, such as “new institutionalist economics,” had become the hegemonic paradigm. Neoclassical economics came to dominate not only graduate and undergraduate economics [...]

By |2021-11-17T10:09:56-05:00Nov 17, 2021|

The great transition to where? Renewable energy futures and ecosocialist strategy

Rather than assuming that the renewable energy transition will involve a smooth and painless transition to clean energy abundance, we need a more nuanced analysis of renewable energy's potential and the possible dynamics of the transition. A future of clean energy abundance is within reach (at least following post-capitalist understandings of “abundance”), but a river of turbulence stands between us and the hoped-for destination.

By |2021-11-10T14:07:20-05:00Nov 10, 2021|

Neoliberalism and the Crisis of Higher Education

I recently published an article in the American Journal of Economics and Sociology that uses the “student as customer” to help understand why college is so expensive. I explore three factors that contribute to high costs:  1) contemporary understandings of education as a private, rather than a public, good; 2) [...]

By |2021-10-27T09:56:09-04:00Oct 27, 2021|

China’s Accession to the WTO and the Collapse That Never Was

Neo-classical China experts have regularly predicted the collapse of China’s hopelessly inefficient developmental model for the past three decades. And yet there is no significant reassessment of how the neo-classical consensus was so wrong, with only limited acceptance by key players of their own mistakes.

By |2021-10-15T13:00:40-04:00Sep 29, 2021|

The Dispossession-Versus-Exploitation Dilemma for Informal Workers

Over the past 40 years, however, a formidable body of literature has challenged the prevailing assumptions about informal workers, asserting that their vulnerability stems not from their lack of integration into the mainstream economy, but rather from their subordinated positions within it.

By |2021-09-15T09:27:07-04:00Sep 15, 2021|
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